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State Volunteer Leaders Challenge Iowans to Serve on MLK, Jr. Holiday

Iowa’s “main streets” are at a crossroads and the stakes are high

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Jody Benz, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service




State Volunteer Service Leaders Challenge Iowans to Serve on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Volunteers can be part of a National Day of Service on Jan. 16


January 13, 2012 (DES MOINES, IA) - “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Since Martin Luther King Jr. first issued that call to service, Americans have sought ways to build upon our country’s long history of service to others – the spirit which Dr. King exemplified.  In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the law which made the third Monday in January a national holiday to honor King’s birthday.  Three years later, that same day was designated as a national day of service by Congress.  The idea is simple: Make it a day ON, not a day off!


Together, the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Iowa Office, are encouraging organizations to host projects to honor the legacy of Dr. King and to bring attention to—and help meet—the real needs affecting so many Iowans.


“Dr. King’s teachings continue to guide us in addressing our most pressing social needs”, said Patti Fields, Chair of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.  “Each of us can help strengthen our own communities by serving in Dr. King’s honor on MLK Day and throughout the year.”


“We are reaching out to all Iowans and asking you to help your fellow neighbors, and those in need by participating in one of the biggest national Days of Service,” said Vicki Hover-Williamson, Executive Director of the Corporation for National and Community Service Iowa Office.


Iowa volunteers will be a part of the hundreds of thousands of Americans participating in MLK Day events and service projects in all 50 states.  Projects in Iowa will range from food, book, and product drives, to creating greeting cards and assembling care packages, to a service lab, completing basic household tasks and painting projects.  The possibilities, as well as opportunities to help out, are endless. Find a way to get involved by clicking on the MLK icon at




The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is a state government agency that works to: 1) help organizations fulfill their missions using service as a strategy/solution and; 2) engage Iowans in their communities, empowering them to address Iowa’s most pressing challenges.


The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.  For further information about MLK Day of Service and what’s taking place across the country, visit 



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